This 'Cat could be a hit

Posted: August 21, 2007

VILLANOVA BOASTS A PROUD tradition of NFL players including current Eagles halfback Brian Westbrook and Falcons receiver Brian Finneran.

Finneran, a favorite target of embattled quarterback Michael Vick, will miss his second straight season while recovering from a knee injury. But the Wildcats might still end up with two active players if Raymond Ventrone wins a spot with the Jets.

If nothing else, Ventrone has the right kamikaze attitude to play special teams.

The 5-10, 200-pound safety, who graduated in 2005, said

he sometimes wasn't allowed

to practice at Villanova because

he hurt too many teammates.

"I gave a couple of guys concussions," Ventrone told the Associated Press yesterday. "My coach [Andy Talley] would put a red jersey on me, I guess just to protect some of the other players. They didn't have that many scholarships, so we had to keep our good guys healthy."

Ventrone was not drafed, but signed with the Patriots as a free agent.

He spent his rookie season on New England's practice squad and spent last season on the

injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

In March, he signed a free-agent deal with the Jets and hopes to stick.

"I like hitting," Ventrone said. "I mean, that's

a part of my game. I like contact. I feel like I'm

a pretty aggressive player, so I'm not afraid to butt heads with anybody."

Vick's Web page not a site to behold

We tried to check out, the official Web site of the Falcons star who is expected to plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. But instead of the site we were greeted with the following message:

"The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later."

No problem, Mike. We figure the site will be up and running in about a year or 2 - or however long it takes you to get out of jail. *

- Tom Mahon

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